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Dordt engineering grads achieve perfect pass rate

July 15, 2009

Dordt College has received notification from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) that this year’s class of engineering grads has earned a perfect pass rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam.

Fourteen students took the test, which is the first step toward professional licensure as an engineer. With four more years of supervised engineering work experience, culminating in a successful engineering practices examination, they will be eligible for the title of professional engineer.

Dordt’s engineering department now has a 98 percent average pass rate over the past nine years, with eight out of nine classes earning perfect pass rates. That puts Dordt’s engineering program far above the national average pass rate (77 percent) for seniors from all engineering institutions taking the test for the first time.

The FE test results also reflect positively on the math, physics, and chemistry departments at Dordt, as this rigorous test evaluates student competencies in calculus, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics, circuitry, chemistry, ethics, as well as engineering subject areas. All U.S. students who intend to seek licensure as an engineer take the exam, and Canadian students can also take the U.S. test in lieu of the Canadian version.

Dordt College is one of only a handful of engineering programs in the CCCU Council for Christian Colleges and Universities) that has been fully ABET-accredited for over 15 years. The engineering program has experienced a 30 percent growth rate in the last five years.

A key distinctive to Dordt’s engineering degree program is that it challenges and prepares future engineers to push beyond essential engineering skills to also consider God’s calling in their daily work.

Dordt’s overall placement rate for engineering graduates in industry and/or graduate school is 95 percent. Among engineering students, 80 percent participate in an internship or engineering-related research or industrial experience while attending Dordt.

Dordt College offers an ABET accredited B.S.E. (Bachelor of Science in Engineering) degree in engineering with five emphasis options available within the engineering major: biomedical, civil-environmental, computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering. A bachelor’s degree in engineering science is also offered as an interdisciplinary option that combines engineering coursework with other programs in science and technology.

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